Re: Some complaints about HTML 4.0 (fwd)

MegaZone (
Sat, 26 Jul 1997 16:45:27 -0700 (PDT)

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Subject: Re: Some complaints about HTML 4.0 (fwd)
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 1997 16:45:27 -0700 (PDT)
From: MegaZone <>

Once upon a time Jordan Reiter shaped the electrons to say...
>But why do that?  Currently, the BIG TWO allow the use of multiple <BR>
>tags.  Why not toss philosophical discussion aside and let <BR> stand as a
>line adder?

I've seen, from time to time, reports of browsers that do collapse <BR>.
There is also no gauruntee that moving forward this will always hold true.

I think there is very little change of <PRE> being redefined to collapse
linefeeds. ;-)

Don't get me wrong, I think multiple <BR> elements should NOT be collapsed.
But the point is you can't count on that even today (unless you only care
about the 'Big Two' - I don't limit myself).  So, as an author, if I really
want forced spacing I will use a <PRE> area.

Now, going forward I can probably do it with CSS.  But frankly, I do not
plan on *relying* on CSS until 1998.  My experience with newly deployed
technology on the web, ever since 1991, is that it takes about six months
for it to really take with the majority of users.

And even when I use CSS I will endeavour to design my pages to degrade well.

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